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BUAV announces latest support for Save Our Monkeys campaign

20/05/2013

The BUAV is delighted to announce further support for its Save Our Monkeys campaign to raise awareness of the plight of long-tailed macaques in Mauritius. In Mauritius, Rezistans ek Alternativ, The Centre for Alternative Research and Studies (CARES), The University of Mauritius Students Union, One Future One Planet Mauritius, Georges Ah-Yan (President, Forum des Citoyens Libres), The National Vegetarian Association, Azir Moris and Ecological Living In Action (ELIA) and in the UK, the National Council of Hindu Temples UK, Institute of Jainology, Quaker Concern for Animals and Unitarian Animal Welfare Society have all signed the BUAV statement of concern for its campaign to raise awareness about the breeding and export of monkeys from Mauritius to laboratories around the world. 

The BUAV statement of concern has already been signed by leading religious and socio-cultural groups in Mauritius, celebrities, including international actor Nitin Ganatra and also by prominent Indian politician, animal and environment campaigner, Maneka Gandhi. 

Over 17,000 people have now signed the global Avaaz petition to the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr. The Honourable Navinchandra Ramgoolam, calling for an end to the trade in primates for research.

Mauritius is the world’s second largest exporter of long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) for the research industry, exporting many thousands of animals each year. The country regularly exports monkeys to the USA and Europe, in particular to the UK, France and Spain.

Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of the BUAV stated: We are delighted to receive further support for our campaign. This support represents a growing awareness and concern about the suffering inflicted on the monkey population of Mauritius. We appeal to the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr. The Honourable Navinchandra Ramgoolam, to take action to end this terrible suffering’.